Wärtsilä to supply 28 MW combined heat and power plant to Canada

Wärtsilä Corporation, Press release 29 March 2017 at 14:00 UTC+2
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The technology group Wärtsilä will supply a 28 MW combined heat and power (CHP) plant to the Meliadine Gold Mine project in Canada, owned by Agnico Eagle Mines Ltd. The order includes five Wärtsilä 34DF dual-fuel engines running on light fuel oil (LFO) or natural gas. Wärtsilä’s scope includes the power generation and CHP equipment supply, plant commissioning and training. The plant is expected to be operational during the first quarter of 2019. The order is included in Wärtsilä’s order book for the fourth quarter of 2016.

The power plant will provide baseload power for this new mine and mining facilities located in the Nunavut Territory, in the north of Canada. In addition to supplying electricity for the equipment and operations, the plant will also capture heat from the engines and engine exhaust and deliver that heat to the underground mine and buildings. This will achieve an extremely high level of overall efficiency.

As the Meliadine mine is off-grid, the mine needs to secure its own heat and power supply at all times. A dedicated, independent power generation solution is, therefore, very important. Furthermore, in addition to offering a reliable and highly efficient power plant, Wärtsilä’s dual-fuel technology has been selected with the future needs of Meliadine in mind. Initially the power plant will run on light-fuel oil, but natural gas may be available in the future. When this occurs the power plant can seamlessly switch over to natural gas.

”This power plant will provide both power and heat to the Meliadine project. Efficient and reliable energy is critical to the project to ensure smooth operations, especially in this remote, arctic environment. Our proven engine and CHP technology fits very well with the needs of the customer,” says Mark Kennedy, Business Development Manager for Canada at Wärtsilä Energy Solutions.

Wärtsilä has a well-established footprint in North America with an installed base of more than 3000 MW. Globally, Wärtsilä’s installed power plant base is 63 GW in 176 countries.

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For additional information, please contact:

Mark Kennedy
Business Development Manager
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Tel: +1 604 218 1567

Jukka-Pekka Niemi
General Manager, Marketing and Communications
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions
Tel: +358 50 465 2805


Wärtsilä Energy Solutions in brief
Wärtsilä Energy Solutions is a leading global systems integrator offering a broad range of environmentally sound solutions. Its offering includes ultra-flexible internal combustion engine based power plants and utility-scale solar PV power plants, as well as LNG terminals and distribution systems. The flexible and efficient Wärtsilä solutions provide customers with superior value and enable a transition to a more sustainable and modern energy system. As of 2017, Wärtsilä has 63 GW of installed power plant capacity in 176 countries around the world.

Wärtsilä in brief
Wärtsilä is a global leader in advanced technologies and complete lifecycle solutions for the marine and energy markets. By emphasising sustainable innovation and total efficiency, Wärtsilä maximises the environmental and economic performance of the vessels and power plants of its customers. In 2016, Wärtsilä's net sales totalled EUR 4.8 billion with approximately 18,000 employees. The company has operations in over 200 locations in more than 70 countries around the world. Wärtsilä is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki.